The history of the island of Naxos is long and interesting: In 20 presentations we embark on a journey through the different epochs from the early stone age up to modern times, illustrated by the finds of the archaeologists and by the many interesting monuments that you can visit on Naxos.
Traditional village life
Two presentations about aspects of the traditional village life: about the traditional water mills and about the cycladic bagpipe.
In seven presentations we explore the naxian cultural landscape and the traditional agriculture: the origin of the mediterranean vegetation, the old cultivated plants, farm animals and their products, water and irrigation, traditional houses, architecture, walls, terraces, soil and much more.
Here we present the different vegetation types of Naxos (wood, maquis vegetation and shrubland) and explore the life forms of the plants and their strategies and adaptations, from the trees to the annual plants.
The Mediterranean sea
In twelve fascinating presentations we explore the environmental conditions and the habitats of the coast and the shallow sea, from the sea grass meadows to the riffs of calcareous rhodophytes in the tidal zone, and meet all the different kinds of sea life, from the one-celled foramininfera to the fish.
Here we explore the fauna of Naxos in fifteen amazing presentations about the birds, bats, reptiles, amphibia, spiders and insects of the island. With the help of many beautiful pictures we learn about the characteristics, peculiarities and way of life of the different species.
As largest island of the Cyclades and richest in water, Naxos offers a rich flora with more than 1000 plant species, many of which are rather rare and unusual. Here we undertake a beautiful stroll through the different plant families from the lichens to the umbelliferae.
Naxos is of special interest to the geologists as one can study on the island interesting processes of mountain building, metamorphosis and weathering. Here we attempt to unroll this difficult subject in six presentations about marble, schist and migmatite, about shear zones and folds, about emery and marble quarries.
Weather and Climate
Three presentations on the climate and weather of Naxos: We examine the types of clouds, how clouds form, the weather development and special phenomenons like rainbows, thunderstorms and snow.
Naxos has many springs and even several small perennial rivers, rare on the Cyclades. In two presentations we discover the rivers of Naxos and meet the animals and plants of these special biotopes.